“Hold to your devotion of singing and writing songs of praise to God.”
This and other inspiring thoughts were the highlights of the brief message by Bro. Eli Soriano to the attendees of the Music Ministry Summit of the Members Church of God International last May 26, 2013.
“Singing to God is one of the few things that we can do directly to Him,” the International Evangelist started as he stressed the role of musicians in the Church. “We cannot serve God with our hands. But we can offer him the fruit of our lips, praising His name.”
Bro. Eli also pointed out that faith is essential in singing praises. The Presiding Minister to MCGI referred to the teaching recorded in the book of Hebrews that doing things out of faith pleases God. “It is where God dwells like what was also said in Psalms 22:3 that God dwells in the praises of Israel. Doing so works benefits for the people of God.”
He said that choral singing is native to the people of God as in the early biblical times. The basis, Ecclesiastes 2:8, was read wherein King Solomon had men and women singers in his court. A similar verse, I Chronicles 23:5, recorded a four-thousand-strong who held instruments during the reign of King David. Their only duty was to offer praise to God.
In addition, Bro. Daniel Razon, Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, taught the use of mnemonics to remember the list of virtues written in II Peter 1:5-8. These are the seven that should be added to one’s faith – virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. The said mnemonics, which was rendered in Tagalog, was addressed to the members of the music ministry.
The Summit ended with the Music Ministry Core (MMC) singing the theme of this year’s event.